Integration in Exploration and Exploitation


Wednesday, January 21, 2009, London, The Geological Society

In deciding on the theme Integration in Exploration and Exploitation for the second Forum, we were motivated by the thought that success in the oil & gas business depends on combining the contributions of many disciplines, many specialisms – both technical and non-technical. And then, as we networked with colleagues about this topic, we got an interesting response along the lines of “Ah Yes, Teamwork is very important!”

Well, we don’t know about you but we’ve lost count of the number of team building courses we’ve been on……with the result that we’re now amateur psychologists, we can get a group of people across a river using an oil-drum and two sticks, we can argue the relative merits of Rugby, Soccer and American Football as team sports and we can evaluate potential recruits on their ‘team player’ potential!

And yet!

Our observation is that teamwork and integration work best when highly skilled individuals, from different disciplines, with different specialisms, are all looking
at the same thing
whether that’s a stack of maps on a light-table, a spreadsheet, a cross-section, a shared earth model or a 3D display in a visualization environment.

Thus it was no surprise that the six presentations at the second Forum – under the banner Integration in Exploration and Exploitation – majored on
how we combine, display, visualize and ultimately understand data from a variety of diverse sources:

Overall, we think this Forum was a great success and that the six presenting companies showed themselves to be at the leading edge of the field – certainly the feedback we have from our audience suggests that.

However, don’t rely on our opinion or theirs! You can judge for yourself by viewing the six videos here!
Read the full commentary here


9:00 Arrivals and Registrations


John Siegfried - EVP Operations - ARKeX

When seismic fails - Expanding foothills exploration in the Rocky Mountains

John Siegfried joined ARKeX in 2006 and was the Chief Operating Officer and then CEO from 2010 until 2014. John has a BSc in Marine Science and has over 30 years’ of exploration industry experience. He has worked in all aspects of exploration including management positions as Country Manager for Western Geophysical, operational positions as Global Operations Manager for Western Geophysical and technical positions as Global Operations Support Manager for WesternGeco/Schlumberger.

ARKeX provides airborne and marine geophysical surveys for the oil & gas exploration industry. It specialises in Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG), which measures variations in the earth''s gravitational field to help image subsurface structures. FTG has a much higher bandwidth and delivers a high resolution image than conventional gravity.

Gareth Smith - Managing Director - Exprodat

Spatial integration at play level

Gareth Smith is Managing Director of Exprodat Consulting. Prior to Exprodat, Gareth worked for Landmark Graphics as a technical consultant, and for Sun Oil as a Geologist. Gareth has worked in the E&P industry for over 20 years.

Exprodat, based in London, provides Geographical Information Service (GIS) consulting and software to the oil and gas industry. Its Team-GIS Acreage Analyst Tool enables oil and gas companies to analyse different acreage (for example, when consider which license blocks to bid for), gathering all the available information into an easy to read map.

Jim Hannon - General Manager - Hannon Westwood

An Integrated Approach to Corporate Valuations through the Application of G-Profile Processes

Hannon Westwood
Hannon Westwood has been advising the oil and gas industry for over 15 years, offering a wide-range of UKCS intelligence and business development services underpinned by a team of experts and proprietary data systems.

Hannon Westwood was founded in 1993 by partners Jim Hannon and Charles Westwood who each have over 30 years of industry experience with key players. Jim and Charles continue to work in the company and have built up an established team of 20 oil professionals with global E&P commercial and geo-technical experience with UKCS investment, giving clients access to the top industry expertise.

As a result of this extensive experience and unique intelligence, clients gain valuable insights into the most profitable opportunities on the UKCS – saving thousands of man-hours and maximising investment resource.

Mike Blakemore - Principal - RPS Energy

Multidisciplinary decision-making in Exploration & Exploitation

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.

David Gawith - Managing Director - Ikon Science

Updating the shared earth model to a live earth model

Ikon Science
Ikon Science is a global geoprediction technology company providing industry leadership in the prediction of reservoir properties, pressures and fluids. It's RokDoc® software, Quantitative Interpretation, GeoMechanics and GeoPressure services all leverage the power of rock physics to integrate well, geopressure and seismic data to understand the subsurface. Ikon Science's RokDoc software platform and related services are used in over 200 leading oil, gas, energy and service companies throughout the world.

Ikon Science, founded in 2001, has over 200 staff and operates from 19 offices across the world. The company is privately owned and investors include Fleming Family & Partners and Tullow Oil plc.

Jane Wheelwright - Technical Application Specialist - Dynamic Graphics

Better Reservoir Management through 4D visual data fusion

Dynamic Graphics
Dynamic Graphics, Inc. partners with clients to solve spatial analysis problems in the petroleum, environmental, and earth-related sciences. Over the past four decades, we have been the premier provider of geospatial solutions with our innovative, easy-to-use software and outstanding support services.
13:00 Lunch

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